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Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton (illness) contributed 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-7 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals across 42 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 loss to the Raptors.

Battling an illness, Middleton managed to be the Bucks' second-leading scorer behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, who dropped 34 points. Though Middleton played well during Game 6's loss, he ultimately struggled to find his footing throughout the series, shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from behind the arc coming into Thursday. That being said, Middleton had a productive 29-game regular season after returning from a torn hamstring, producing 14.7 points across 30.7 minutes per game while knocking down a career-high 43.3 percent of his shots from distance.
Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
Giannis Antetokounmpo Headshot

Antetokounmpo provided 34 points (13-23 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-13 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 47 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 loss to the Raptors.

Antetokounmpo played all but one minute during Thursday's game, dominating on both sides of the ball on route to a new career high in playoff points in a game. Though he played with intensity and dominance, the Bucks ultimately couldn't get the victory as the Greek Freak struggled with his free-throws down the stretch. That being said, only two other players scored in double figures for Milwaukee -- Khris Middleton with 19 and Matthew Dellavedova with 12. Antetokounmpo's struggles from the charity stripe in Game 6 aside, he ultimately had not only a coming out party this series, but for the whole season. He finished the 2016-17 campaign averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals while shooting 52.1 percent from the field across 35.6 minutes per game -- certainly worthy of Most Improved Player consideration.
Yesterday 11:31 pm (EST)
Serge Ibaka Headshot

Ibaka finished with seven points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 31 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 victory over the Bucks.

Though Ibaka struggled to find good looks and knock them down, he was the game's leading rebounder with 11 boards -- his best performance on the glass since Game 1, where he ripped down 14 rebounds. Ibaka also feasted on Milwaukee's lack of perimeter shooting throughout the series, averaging 2.4 blocks coming into Thursday's contest, where he swatted two shots. Depending on how coach Dwane Casey addresses the starting lineup during the Raptors' next series against the Cavaliers, he could be faced up against a tough offensive opponent in Kevin Love. Though, if coach Casey opts to keep rolling with Ibaka at center, he could be matched up against Tristan Thompson. Regardless, Ibaka will be forced to protect the glass, as both players are top-tier rebounding presences. Game 1 tips off Monday.
Yesterday 11:22 pm (EST)
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan contributed 32 points (12-24 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five steals, four rebounds and three assists across 40 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 victory over the Bucks.

DeRozan carried the scoring workload for the Raptors, as no other player on the squad contributed more than 13 points on route to eliminating the Bucks from the playoffs. In addition to his offensive showing, DeRozan also contributed a season-high five steals, helping hold down the fort on defense. Though the swingman shot just 42.2 percent from the field in the series coming into Thursday's contest, he was being checked by the lengthy defensive presences of Tony Snell, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. As the Raptors move on to face the Cavaliers in the next round, it seems unlikely that DeRozan will have to deal with as many mismatches as he did against the Bucks, possibly allowing him to have a more efficient campaign against the defending NBA Champions.
Yesterday 11:15 pm (EST)
Jamal Murray Headshot

Murray (sports hernia) underwent successful surgery Thursday.

After playing through most of the 2016-17 season with a sports hernia, Murray underwent successful surgery to correct the issue. He should have a full offseason ahead of him to rest and recover in order to get back into form for his sophomore season. Murray averaged 9.9 points and 2.1 assists across 21.5 minutes per game this season and could be a candidate to take over the Nuggets' starting point guard role next year with Emmanuel Mudiay showing little improvement.
Yesterday 7:31 pm (EST)
Troy Williams Headshot

Williams was assigned Thursday to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Vipers are currently fighting for a D-League championship, with Thursday marking the final game of the series. Williams will head down looking to help secure the trophy, but should be recalled shortly after to rejoin the Rockets for their own playoff run. That said, Williams didn't play a minute in the final four games of the Rockets' first-round matchup with the Thunder and is nothing more than emergency depth off the bench.
Yesterday 5:36 pm (EST)
Isaiah Taylor Headshot

Taylor was recalled from the D-League on Thursday.

It's somewhat of an odd decision considering the Rio Grande Valley Vipers play for the D-League championship on Thursday night, but the Rockets apparently want to have Taylor present for a practice or team function. Don't expect the former Texas standout to be a factor for Houston throughout the postseason.
Yesterday 5:33 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton (illness) will start and play Game 6 without restriction, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.

Middleton has been battling an illness since Monday morning, but his status for Game 6 was never believed to be in serious jeopardy. The 25-year-old has struggled in each of the last two games of the series -- both Bucks losses -- shooting a combined 7-of-21 from the floor, while misfiring on all five of his three-point attempts. Middleton, who shot better than 43 percent from three during the regular season, will look to bounce back in Game 6 with the Bucks facing elimination.
Yesterday 5:28 pm (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) is officially listed as out for Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

Coach Fred Hoiberg indicated earlier Thursday that Rondo was a long shot to play in Friday's contest, so this falls in line with his original belief. That said, Rondo is known for playing through pain, so it's still worth it to monitor his status following Friday's morning shootaround just in case he's a late addition to the active roster. Isaiah Canaan has been announced as the team's starting point guard for the second straight contest after posting 13 points, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during Game 5.
Yesterday 5:23 pm (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler will play in Friday's Game 6 despite experiencing soreness in his knee, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Butler banged knees with a Celtics' player in the second half of Wednesday's game. Although the Bulls are downplaying the knee issue, it is worth noting that Butler attempted only two fourth-quarter shots after the injury in Game 5 and failed to score in the quarter. He could also be seen favoring the knee at times and using an electronic stimulation machine on it during postgame interviews. Nevertheless, Butler will play in Game 6, and he will need to play well with Rajon Rondo (thumb) likely out and Chicago's season on the line.
Yesterday 3:54 pm (EST)
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